Zack Snyder is currently hard at work and deep into production on Justice League, his follow up to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. We know that Warner Bros. is doing a lot to try and make Justice League a very different movie than Batman V Superman, and one thing that will be very different is the villain of the movie. We already know that the primary bad guy will be the alien Steppenwolf, but we finally may know who is playing the big baddie.
We need to take this with a grain of salt, but a Twitter account by the name of Wayne Enterprises recently Tweeted that Warner Bros. has their eye on former Game of Thrones star Charles Dance for the role of Steppenwolf. The main villain has been confirmed to be the primary antagonist of Justice League, after being teased in a deleted scene that was released just after the theatrical release of Batman V Superman. Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor also teased the character's arrival as a threat at the end of Batman V Superman.
Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister was one of the most memorable characters in the history of Game of Thrones, and though we don't know how exactly Steppenwolf is going to be portrayed in Justice League, he seems like a great choice and will bring a very big presence to the character. In the comics, Steppenwolf was created by legend Jack Kirby and is a relative of the villain Darkseid, who was also teased in Batman V Superman. He is an immortal with superhuman strength and a gifted military leader. He also survived an attack from Doomsday, the monster that kills superman in the comics and the one that killed him at the end of Batman V Superman. It is really easy to see Dance pulling off a character who is that threatening.
The Tweet in question also mentioned that Colin Farrell is being considered for the role of Steppenwolf by Warner Bros., and it has been confirmed that he is in the movie, but in an unspecified role. It is very unclear if Wayne Enterprises just got their wires crossed and was incorrect about Farrell being considered for the Steppenwolf role, if Warner Bros. decided to cast Farrell in a completely different role, or if he is indeed going to be playing Steppenwolf and Dance is out of the question altogether. We have no idea. Unfortunately, the official synopsis for Justice League does little to help us figure out who might fit the movie version of Steppenwolf better, but it does paint a bit of a picture of what we can expect in general.
"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions."
Snyder was already neck deep in pre-production on the Justice League movie, and production dates had already been scheduled when the very poor reception to Batman V Superman surfaced. After a batch of visits to the Justice League set were made public, it was made very clear that Warner Bros. and Snyder are taking the fan and critical outcry into account for this movie, and hopefully that will lead to a better, more fleshed out villain in Steppenwolf, and an overall more well-liked movie. Justice League is set for a November 17, 2017 release date.